On Feb. 6, Inland Lakes rivals Onaway came to play a conference game. The first time the varsity girls played the Cardinals, they lost by one point. The girls struggled throughout the game with turnovers and lack of transition when getting back on the defensive side of the court. As a result, the Cardinals beat the varsity girls for the second time this season.
The Bulldogs have been struggling to start strong right from the beginning. During the first quarter, both teams struggled to set up their offenses. The game was not in Bulldog’s favor and the girls struggled to keep control of the ball. The girls had a total of 25 turnovers on the night. Inland Lakes started in a one-three-one zone defense and Onaway did not like the pressure up high coming from guards Precious Delos Santos and Hailey Shank. The final score for the first quarter was tied 14-14.
The Bulldogs let the cardinal score 12 points in the second quarter while adding only 6 points to the board. Onaway started firing three-pointers and the Bulldogs had a hard time covering the ground around the three-point line from the second quarter on to the end of the game. Ending the first half Onaway held a 26-20 lead.
Entering the third quarter the Bulldogs needed to step up their game. The third quarter was the teams best quarter of the night. They outscored their opponents by 5 points. The girls were doing a better job setting up their plays but struggled to find the right time to shoot. Inland Lakes continued to pressure Onaway as they brought the ball up the court. The team had a total of 12 steals, Mara Clancy with 5 and Lexi Brendly with 3. Inland Lakes still trailed heading into the final quarter, 35-34.
With the Bulldogs struggling to take the lead, the girls tried to pull themselves together. But with the lack of rebounding and self-control, the team did not accomplish much. There were a lot of turnovers between the two teams in the final quarter. If the Bulldogs would have communicated better during the game with each other and were on the same page, the game could have been totally different, but in the results, Inland Lakes took another loss. The final score of the night was 42-40 Cardinals.